While I missed this, also missed the annual airing on ABC of The Ten Commandments, and was only alerted when people were looking at the memes created two years ago. So this year I’m going to watch it onDemand & live-tweet, plus create new memes, because every time it is watched something new pops out. Watching without all the commercials should make it faster, but making the memes etc…is taking a bit longer, so I’ll probably finish at 5am! There are very few traditions in American life I embrace, this is to me what Wizard of Oz is to others, and wouldn’t miss it for anything but now in the age of cord-cutting it seems instead of watching along & commenting on social media with all my friends, it will have to be all of you that gets tortured by my running gag-commentary.
The other night found me wondering who might rush the stage of a presidential hopeful, and suffer the full force of the Secret Service, and pondering even if it was a worthwhile tactic. It didn’t occur to me that this might have been a young man I’d been following since August of last year, when he and others staged the #StoneMountain7 protest. Luckily he managed to get a sit-down with CNN to explain why he did it:
+Commentary: OMGOMGOMGOMG. NO. ZZZZZZZOOOOOOMMMMGGGGGGG! This is like the greatest crowdsourced casting suggestion I’ve ever seen. Then add a pitch perfect piece of fan art that photoshops her in the uniform looking forward to taking on entire galaxies & solving crisis like a Bawse! I can’t even take the idea that they would now cast anyone else, and hopefully she would consider it a challenge. Having not read anything other than the hashtag on Twitter, and being late to the party surrounding it — let me put forth that if they wrote it so she was Uhuru’s daughter. I’d DIE. Literally, up & die screaming at the TV. Growing up with the original series, and really connecting with Nichelle Nichols out of all the characters, then watching the Saturday Morning Cartoon series, and imagining when I finally grew up there would be a job waiting for me that took me to outer space. *sigh* that never happened tho’ 😦
+Commentary: Being confronted with something you wrote five years ago, imagining that the Egyptian Revolution, a.k.a. #ArabSpring would be resolved at a high-tech pace in 4 years, now seems politically & historically naïve in ways that aren’t usually standard for me, or I like to think are not. 🙂
Now, what on earth are they thinking!?!? Civil Rights Movement icons mashed up with Twitter? No way! I’m reticent to post these here, but some of them are just too good to pass up, and I’ve seen a lot of screencaps (with the original tweeters removed) on Instagram, and very few if any on Tumblr. So here is the Trigger Warning: DISRESPECTFUL to many of your faves from the CRM. None of these here feature the overly lewd or straight up sexual, so when people complain about it, that response is appropriate. After all you can’t hold a humorous crowd-sourced event, and not expect some people to take it too far. Many featured here and others seen were spot on about the behind the scenes tensions that we only found out about later. Continue reading
Piers Morgan & Montell Williams #ExposureTrolling BLM
There is also a financial incentive for tech companies to invest in a diverse workplace. Advertisers are eager to crack the ethnic code and commodify online communities like Black Twitter. Explaining the social and search habits of these users often falls on the handful of Black employees, without regard to their position or team.Until my tenure at Twitter, I strongly resisted being “the Black guy.” I didn’t want to be the sole representative of a multifaceted group of people or be siloed into focusing on Black issues. My position shifted after the shooting death of Mike Brown and the inception of the “Black Lives Matter” protests. I realized that I and other Black employees could be the voice for a community of users who had been largely ignored or misunderstood by social media companies.